Key details

Magherabeg, Scousburgh, ZE2 9JE
living / dining room • 2nd reception room / snug / office • open-plan landing / living area • breakfasting kitchen • main bedroom suite with en-suite & dressing area • three further double bedrooms • two bath / shower rooms • utility room, double garage & shed
By arrangement.
Closing date
12:00pm Wednesday 1st June

  • receptions 2 Reception Rooms
  • bedrooms 4 Bedrooms
  • bathrooms 2 Bathrooms
  • Council Tax Band: E
  • Energy Efficiency: E (48)


Stunning four / five bedroom detached family home set in a well-established, ½ acre garden just above the shore of the Loch of Spiggie RSPB reserve in one of Shetland's most scenic locations, the house enjoying magnificent all round views over the loch and surrounding countryside. Lerwick approximately 22 miles.

Benefitting from triple glazing, under-floor central heating provided by an environmentally friendly wood pellet fueled boiler, a heat recovery & ventilation system, and a central vacuuming system, the property provides very comfortable and spacious accommodation (approx. 250m²) in 'walk-into' condition. A large window area ensures plenty of natural light, there is plenty of space for home working, and the main bedroom suite has a dressing area and en-suite.

The garden provides plenty of outdoor space, the house being surrounded on the south, east and north sides by a sweeping expanse of lawn, and screened from the roadside by mature planting. Two large decks provide great places to sit and enjoy the fine views, and a shed provides space for garden tools etc. The integral double garage has twin electric doors,

Viewing is essential to fully appreciate the very special setting of this property and the extent of accommodation provided.

General Information

'Magherabeg' is situated in a particular scenic area of the South Mainland of Shetland, approximately 22 miles from Lerwick and about mid-way between Sandwick to the north and Sumburgh and the airport to the south.

The house sits just above the Loch of Spiggie RSPB reserve, a large shallow loch where a wide variety of bird life can be seen, and which also has good trout fishing. The beautiful sandy beach at Scousburgh Sands is within reasonable walking distance and there are numerous other places of interest in the wider area including St Ninian's Isle and its famous sand tombolo, Sumburgh Head, the old Scatness Broch, Jarlshof, Quendale Mill and the Croft House Museum. The airport at Sumburgh, about 8 miles to the south, is easily accessible for air transport to mainland Scotland.

Local amenities in the more immediate area include a mini-supermarket / post office with fuel pumps and the area's primary school at Dunrossness just over 2 miles from the house, secondary school being available at Sandwick or Lerwick.

The property which has a gross internal area of around 250m² or thereby (gross internal floor area), was built in the mid-1990's of 'Scandinavian' style timber frame / timber clad construction below a concrete tiled roof. The house benefits from triple glazed windows and comfortable under-floor central heating is provided by an economical, environmentally friendly 'Windhager' wood pellet fueled biomass boiler which also supplies hot water.

The sale will include all carpets and other fixed floor coverings, the blinds & light fittings.


A large vestibule provides the entrance to the property, the space having a tiled floor and doors to the garage and utility room, glazed double doors to the right leading through to hall.

On the left is the large, lined-out integral double garage conveniently fitted with twin electric garage doors, and also having two triple glazed windows, and power & lighting, extensive fitted cupboard and shelf space plus further space in the floored & lined loft accessed via a hatch with pull-down ladder.

The utility room is a good-size and also benefits from ample fitted cupboard and worktop space with units to either side including an inset sink, plumbing for a washing machine and space for a tumble dryer, freezer etc., the appliances can be left if required. The floor is tiled and a glazed door at the end with windows to either side, opens to a north-facing deck.

Moving on into the hall, this forms a very generous, welcoming entrance to the house with laminate flooring, its size enhancing the spacious feel to the property. On the left is a future proof, carpeted, ground floor double bedroom, presently used as a guest room, and two large built-in cupboards providing with space for coats and general storage. Ahead glazed double doors lead to the main living space, whilst to the right is a family bathroom, the stair to the first floor and doors to the kitchen and another reception room / snug.

The main living space is a great, very sociable, split-level room benefitting from an abundance of natural light thanks to the large window area to both the living and dining areas which makes the most of the stunning 180° views over the loch, the lower living area, a couple of steps down to the left, having a large corner window and glazed patio doors opening to a deck to the north side of the house with steps down to the garden. The dining area again a particularly light space, has a glazed door leading through to the kitchen. Engineered wood flooring is laid throughout the whole space and lighting is provided by recessed ceiling spotlights supplemented by additional wall lights, all controlled by several dimmer switches.

The spacious kitchen which can also be accessed from the hall, also enjoys plenty of light and the fine views, with windows to the east and south, plus a glazed door to a second deck to the east side of the house looking out to the loch. Extensive fitted units provide plenty of cupboard and worktop space and incorporate an octagonal breakfast bar plus a range of integrated 'Neff' appliances including an oven & combination oven / microwave, induction hob with concealed cooker hood over plus a concealed fridge / freezer & dishwasher. Lighting is provided by recessed ceiling spotlights supplemented by a feature light fitting over the breakfast bar and additional worktop lights. Laminate flooring is wood laminate.

Next to the kitchen is the second reception room, a cosy snug, although still a good size, the room having a dual-aspect to the south and west, and laminate flooring. This room would also be ideal for use as an office, or potentially as a fifth bedroom.

Finally on the ground floor there is an impressive tiled bathroom with tiled steps to a sunken Jacuzzi bath plus a white WC and wash hand basin both set in a large fitted unit which provides lots of handy storage space and incorporates a large mirror with integral spotlighting over the wash hand basin. A heated towel rail supplements the underfloor heating before the tiled floor.

Arriving upstairs by the open tread stair from the hall, you arrive in a substantial open landing area which leads to three double bedrooms and a shower room, and provides a great additional living area, either for use as an extra seating area, office or play area, the space benefiting from a double window looking out over the loch. Pine cladding to the ceiling is a particular feature throughout the first floor and the floor is carpeted.

The main bedroom suite around to the right comprises a very generously proportioned, south-facing bedroom with laminate flooring and extensive clothes space provided by a built-in wardrobe along one wall plus a separate dressing area with extensive fitted wardrobe & shelf space which leads through to tiled en-suite shower room lit by a Velux window, with shower and white WC & wash hand basin set in fitted cupboard units providing shelf space and storage for toiletries etc. Tiled floor.

On the other side of the living area are two further generous, carpeted double bedrooms both enjoying fine views to the north, the larger bedroom (3) to the left having a built-in double wardrobe and access to floored storage space in the eaves. Bedroom 4, also a double room, which is presently used as an office, also has access to the eaves space, a hatch with pull-down ladder providing easy access to substantial floored storage space in the loft.

Finally there is a large shower room fitted to a similar standard to the en-suite, with shower, WC, bidet & wash hand basin. Plastic wood effect flooring. A built-in cupboard houses the water tank providing an airing facility for towels etc.

Rooms Sizes

On the Ground Floor:-

Living / Dining Room

Living area approx. 5.7m x 3.85m (18'8" x 12'7")

Dining area approx. 5.55m x 4.25m (18'2" x 14')

Breakfasting Kitchen

Approx. 5.15m x 4.15m (16'10" x 13'6")

Snug / 2nd Reception Room

Approx. 3.55m x 3.35m (11'8" x 11')

Bedroom 1

Approx. 4.15m x 3m (13'7" x 9'9")


Approx. 3.8m x 2.3m (12'6" x 7'8")


'L'-shaped space approx. 5.85m x 5.45m at widest points (19'2" x 18'")

Utility Room

Approx. 2.55m x 2.5m (8'5" x 8'3")

Integral Garage

Approx. 6.8m x 5.75m (22'4" x 19')

On the First Floor:-

Open-plan Landing / Living Space

Overall approx. 5.5m x 5.9m into bay (floor area) (18'3" x 19'4")

Main Bedroom 2

Bedroom approx. 4.15m x 4m + wardrobes (floor area) (13'8" x 13'2"), and dressing area

En-suite Shower Room

Approx. 2.25m x 2m (floor area) (7'4" x 6'8")

Bedroom 3

Approx. 4.8m x 4.3m at widest points (floor area) (15'9" x 14'2")

Bedroom 4

Approx. 3.75m x 2.95m (floor area) (12'3" x 9'9")

Shower Room

Approx. 2.8m x 2.25m (floor area) (9'3" x 7'6")


As noted the property sits in a very well established site which is estimated to extend to just over ½ acre or thereby, access being via a drive from the road which leads around to a brick paved parking area with space for three cars outside the garage, a path along the right leading to the front door, the parking area being bordered on the left by a raised bed and lawn and beyond that by mature planting which screens the house from the roadside, a gravel path meandering through to the garden area to the north side of the house sheltered by a bank of established trees and planting along the boundary.

A large expanse of lawn sweeps around the south and east sides of the house and around to north, two decks large decks providing plenty of outdoor seating space from which to enjoy the views. Finally to the north, outside the utility room is a paved patio area leading to a large garden shed (approx. 3.85ms x 2.8m (12'8" x 9'2")) built to match the house, with power & lighting.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band E. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation. Details of Council Tax rates can be found on Shetland Island Council’s website at:

Property location

To reach the property drive to Scousburgh and follow the road right around the Loch of Spiggie. 'Magherabeg' is one of two similar detached houses situated about half way round the loch, overlooking the loch.

Thanks again for your brilliant service with both my property sales over the past years. Your experience in Shetland is much noted with local people.

Selling my house whilst living in Edinburgh was a daunting prospect but I should not have worried. The communications between both parties was easy and the sale of my property went through without any hitches.
Diane Legget
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Magherabeg, Scousburgh, ZE2 9JE